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A Selection Of The Best English Lyric Ballads Chosen & Edited by Arthur Quiller-Couch

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And then bespake him gentle Gawaine,
Said, i Lady, that's but skill ; And because thou art my owne lady,
Thou shalt have all thy will.'
Then she said, ' Blesed be thou, gentle Gawain,
This day that I thee see ! For as thou seest me att this time,
From hencforth I wilbe.
' My father was an old knight,
And yett it chanced soe That he marryed a younge lady
That brought me to this woe.
' Shee witched me, being a faire young lady,
To the greene forrest to dwell, And there I must walke in woman's liknesse,
Most like a feend of hell.
' She witched my brother to a carlish [boore]
Being thus given what a woman most desires (that is, her will) she is released from the spell and becomes beautiful at all times: nnd Sir Gawain leads his lady in triumph among the knights, to present her to the King and Queen.
L ' Come kisse her, brother Kay.' then said Sir Gawaine,
' And amend the of thy liffe; I sweare this is the same lady That I marryed to my wiffe.5 06
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